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Numerical Analysis for Aerodynamic Behaviour of Hyperloop Pods

Version 1 : Received: 7 December 2019 / Approved: 8 December 2019 / Online: 8 December 2019 (16:32:24 CET)

How to cite: Singh, Y. K.; Mehran, K. Numerical Analysis for Aerodynamic Behaviour of Hyperloop Pods. Preprints 2019, 2019120101. Singh, Y. K.; Mehran, K. Numerical Analysis for Aerodynamic Behaviour of Hyperloop Pods. Preprints 2019, 2019120101.


Based on K-ε Standard Wall turbulence model (2-Equation) and Navier-Stokes (N-S) equations defined for incompressible fluids, fluid flow behaviour around hyperloop pods in an evacuated tube was simulated using ANSYS fluent solver assuming steady state and two dimensional conditions. In this research, to develop the case studies, using combination of different head and tail shape profile, four kind of hyperloop pods were developed with the aid of SolidWorks. These four pods have been investigated for their aerodynamic behaviour as four different case scenarios. The results of simulation depicts that an atmospheric pressure of 100 Pa with blockage ratio of 0.36 in tube provides the best possible aerodynamic behaviour for the designed hyperloop pod models. This research finds that overall aerodynamic behaviour of hyperloop pods can be varied by changing the head and tail shape profile of pods and a particular combination of head and tail shape profile can provide optimally best aerodynamic capabilities. Thus, this research paper provides a novel method of obtaining best aerodynamic capabilities in hyperloop pods by designing head profile optimally in combination with tail profile. This outcome will provide major contribution towards the development of hyperloop pods in future with better aerodynamic behaviour resulting in lesser electrical energy required to propel the hyperloop pods in evacuated tube.


Hyperloop; CFD; K-e model; Aerodynamics; Energy efficiency


Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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